Huge Blow: Trump Administration Rolls Back Affordable Care Act Birth Control Mandate
By:     -   October 6, 2017   -   Health & Wellness  -  Women's Health   -   Comments are closed   -   232 Views
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In new rules set to take effect today, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) disseminated two new policies that would allow employers the autonomy to make exemptions to covering contraceptives under the Affordable Care Act. Note: The new policies are not applicable to publicly traded companies.

Under the first new change, employers will be allowed to cite religious objections, and therefore will be able to opt out of providing birth control coverage. The second change will allow small businesses and organizations to reject contraception coverage on the basis of moral conviction – not religious reasons.

Caitlyn Oakley, DHHS Press Secretary, issued the following statement: “No American should be forced to violate his or her own conscience in order to abide by the laws and regulations governing our health care system. Today’s actions affirm the Trump administration’s commitment to upholding the freedoms afforded all Americans under our Constitution.”

 

There is absolutely a lot of pushback regarding the decision to continually strip away coverage for 62 million women. Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, stated:

“This is an unacceptable attack on basic health care that the vast majority of women rely on. With this rule in place, any employer could decide that their employees no longer have health insurance coverage for birth control.”

With this decision, the Trump administration is essentially rolling back the Obama-era mandate for universal access to birth control.

 

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